Four Weeks, But Who’s Counting

It was four weeks from today that I had my prostate surgery, so it’s obviously time for a progress report.

Motivated by the awesome weather we’ve been having the last three weeks, I started walking last Sunday with a walk along Puget Sound at the park. I probably walked a little over a mile each day from Sunday through Wednesday. Yesterday I took a different approach and walked a shorter distance up and down the steep hills that lead to the Park. Each walk left me a little more tired than I would have expected.

Since I’m also finding it easier to sit for longer periods of time, I’ve finished reading 250 pages in Deke McClellands Adobe Photoshop CS: one-on-one, currently my favorite Photoshop book, narrowly edging out Adobe Photoshop 5 Studio Techniques, which has been my Photoshop standard for several years now, as you can tell from the title. I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned from Photoshop CS. When you’ve used Photoshop as long as I have, you sometimes get stuck in the past, and reading this book from cover to cover has shown me how much I’ve overlooked in this latest version of Photoshop.

I’ve also managed to read 50 pages of poetry from the postmodern poetry collection, but doing so has reminded me why I had so many problems with undergraduate classes. I really don’t like anthologies that introduce and then proceed to skim over authors, never really giving you a chance to understand what they are trying to say. I guess, I’m really saying that I don’t particularly like anthologies, that I prefer studying individual poets in depth. I found myself at the book store yesterday trying to find book of poems by Levertov, but couldn’t find one.

I’m certainly not back to pre-surgery normal, but it’s amazing how we tend to judge progress from yesterday, or last week, rather than from a month ago.

5 thoughts on “Four Weeks, But Who’s Counting”

  1. It’s good to hear you’re making progress. I can only imagine what it must be like to be able to walk along Puget Sound. If you have to be recovering from something, I would think that would be a great place to do it.

  2. Hi Loren,

    I haven’t had the chance yet to write and tell you how much I’ve enjoyed sharing your recovery process online, especially your original poems. I’ve been checking in on your blog on the run. If you can find your way back to my dao of wallace stevens site, there’s a comment from David G, if you click on it, it takes you to his haiku site, which I think you might enjoy. Hope to write more later. Keep up the good recovery work, Karen

  3. I am enjoying your contributions: the site – both design and content and the links, especually gems such as “Arete”. I found you in exploring Wendell Berry. Appreciate the Hemingway piece. I reside in a corner of Michigan that Hemingway spent his youth.

    I hope this finds you continue to recover swiftly and completely. Cancer stalks my family and so far I’ve managed to avoid it though I have a progressive and chronic condition.

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